ABU DHABI // The Tennis Village at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship has undergone a makeover and will host a series of sideshows to the three-day event.
This year a new "Interactive Tennis Zone", presented by Mubadala, will ensure every visitor sees more than just a tennis tournament when they arrive at the Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City between tomorrow and Saturday.
Open daily from midday and free to all, the area offers a chance for visitors to test the speed of their serve against the world's best players through the latest technology. Also available: Wii tennis, face-painting, a Tennis History Wall, autograph booths, Batak games to test reflexes and mini-tennis events.
"Once again the arrival of the world's leading tennis stars for the start of the global tennis in Abu Dhabi has proved hugely popular," said John Lickrish, managing director of the tournament organisers, Flash Entertainment.
He said tickets are sold out for Friday's semi-finals and Saturday's final. Tickets remain available for tomorrow's matches.
Lickrish suggested that the interactive tennis zone would give fans a chance to "pick up a racquet and get involved".
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the world Nos 1 and 2, are scheduled to visit the Tennis Village tomorrow to sign autographs.
Visitors also will be able to view the practice courts as the players warm up and hold exclusive tennis clinics.